Ginger Cake: Bolo Do Gingibre

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is a spice cake recipe with the texture of a poundcake. Recipe courtesy Jean Anderson, The Food of Portugal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to moderately slow (325 degrees F.) Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices onto a piece of wax paper and set aside. Cream together the butter, shortening and sugar until fluffy-light. Add the molasses and cream well; beat in the eggs yolks, 1 at a time. Combine the Madeira and the milk. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the combined liquids, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and fold gently into the batter but thoroughly.
  2. Pour the batter into a well-greased and floured 10-inch tube pan and bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake beings to pull from the sides of the pan and feels springy to the touch. Cool the cake right-side up in its pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; loosen with a spatula then the cake out of the rack, remove the pan, and cool to room temperature before cutting. Serve plain, or frost if you like with your favorite butter cream to which you have added about 1 tablespoon of Madeira wine and 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped preserved ginger.
Most Helpful

Really an amazing cake -- although the directions are far from clear in some places and could stand to be clarified ("loosen with a spatula then the cake out of the rack"?). I used butter for the shortening, so between that and the butter called for I ended up using 2 sticks of butter -- one unsalted, one salted -- plus 5 teaspoons of canola oil. It worked *great* and produced a wonderful flavor. Also, since I can never find "light" molasses, I used the regular kind and thought that it just added to the spiciness of the cake. My guests loved it! (Five people polished off two-thirds of the cake in one night.) Thanks for a keeper!

Lynne the Pirate Queen March 02, 2009

Delicious cake, and what a lovely texture! I used all butter (300 grams) but otherwise followed the recipe. I don't own a tube pan big enough for such a big cake, so I made one 8x4 cake and a 8" tube cake - the loaf took about 55 minutes to bake and the tube about an hour! Thank you cookiedog!

stormylee April 04, 2012

Oh my goodness, this cake is amazing! It did take quite a bit of work to get it into the oven, but it was well worth it. My batter was very thick and almost killed my hand-mixer, so I would recommend using a stand mixer for this cake. Also, I don't bake very often so I had to borrow a tube cake pan from a friend. I wasn't aware that there were different size tube pans though, and apparently she has a smaller size than cookiedog because as the cake rose it also decided it didn't want to be a tube cake. Luckily, I had set the pan on a cookie sheet so my oven didn't get messy an somehow the cake cooked through, but the "hole" was not cooked. I left it unfrosted and brought it into work for everyone to share and everyone here loves it! Thanks so much cookiedog!

ksduffster June 28, 2007